Year 2 have started learning about the 7 continents of the world. We practiced locating these on our very own balloon “globes.” To help us do this, we first added the equator around the middle of the balloons to use as a reference point. We also located the North and South Poles, placing Antarctica at the bottom of our “globes”. Some children decided to colour in the different continents with the flag of one of the countries within that continent! The children had fun learning about the 7 continents and their locations in a hands on, practical way.
Fieldwork is where you go outside the classroom to find things out for yourself. Year 2 have been doing lots of fieldwork this month linked to our enquiry question- “How do children at St.Alban’s travel to school?”
To answer this question, we conducted a transport survey where we went to the other classes in school and asked the children how they came to school that day. Children recorded their findings using a tally.
When back in class, we combined our results for the 6 classes into one table showing how many children at St.Alban’s come to school in a car and how many children either walked, cycled, scootered or caught a bus to school. 110 children came to school in a car but only 70 children walked, cycled, scootered or caught a bus to school. The children presented these results in a pictogram using a key where each symbol represented 10 children.
We discussed the negative impact that cars have on the environment. Year 2 think that, as a school, we could improve our environmental impact by walking if possible! They shared this conclusion with the whole-school during our fieldwork assembly.
Children have also been working hard on DigiMaps. Y2 created a digital map measuring the distance between their house and school. We discussed that the distance they walk/drive may be further as they cannot travel in a straight line through houses and other obstacles. Well done Year 2!
October was “Geography fieldwork month” in St.Alban’s. Fieldwork is where you go outside the classroom and find things out for yourself. Over the last month, our students have had the opportunity to explore the local area and learn in a more practical, hands-on way in geography.
Each class was given a different enquiry question that they had to try and answer using a variety of progressive fieldwork skills. Children across school completed maps, surveys, time sampling, tallys, pictograms and digital mapping linked to their enquiry question. Children then used the information that they had gathered to draw their own conclusions.
Today, each class had the opportunity to present their findings to the rest of the school. Children were very adept at explaining what they did and what they found out. Well done St.Alban’s- we are all geographers!
Year 4 Geography Fieldwork
Last week, the Year 4 children walked around Wickersley to investigate what human and physical features are in the area. When we go to Castleton later in the year, we will be comparing the two locations.
We also created a tally of all the different building uses that wesaw along the route. We are going to follow that up with some DigiMap work back in class.
Y6 had a fabulous time in London.
We visited many different places.
Our visit supported our curriculum: In the British Museum, children remembered previous history learning about Romans, Greeks and Egyptians.
We visited the Tower of London to support our Crime and Punishment learning in Y6.
We walked around London, thinking and looking at geographical features and completing fieldwork about Where is Buckingham Palace.
The Tate Modern was an interesting visit for the children to recognise different styles of art and artist.
We also watched the West-End show SIX
Today, Year 5 began this year’s geography fieldwork project.
Fieldwork is when you go outside the classroom and find things out for yourself.
We wanted to find out the answer to a question. Does Morthen road need a zebra crossing?
So, all day we have been going out in groups to count the traffic on Morthen Road. We went out for ten minutes every hour and created tally charts to record our results. This is called time sampling. We will interrogate our results and use them to answer our question.
Do you recognise these company logos?
Goods such as clothing, computers, drinks, food, toys and notebooks are made by these companies.
They sell these goods to people living in countries in all seven continents of the world.
They are sold on a global scale. A class of children in Australia, India, Sweden, North America, or China are as likely to recognise these logos as you are.
Trade is the buying and selling of goods and services we want and need. When we think about trade as geographers,
we consider the scale of trade and think about how trade links places and people.
Everything we want and need cannot be sourced within the national borders of the United Kingdom. We therefore import items such as food products from other countries.
We have been looking at food products and where they come from.
Oranges from Morocco in Africa.
Pasta from Italy.
Bananas from Costa Rica in North America.
Hibiscus Flowers in syrup from Australia.
Grapes from Chile in South America.
Year 2 have started learning about the 7 continents in the world. We practiced locating these on our balloon “globes.” To help us do this, we first added the equator around the middle of the balloons to use as a reference point. A few balloons may have popped but the children all had fun learning about the geography of the world in a hands on way!